Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ferry to Sitka: June 14

The journey began at 12:30am when our alarm went off inside our tent. It's amazing we even heard the alarm over the thundering roar of the rain! Have you ever tried putting away a tent, sleeping bags, and pads in the pitch dark in the middle of a downpour? We's not fun! We were barely able to fit everything into the car because our stuff was in such disarray, and everything was completely soaked. We ended up jamming the dripping wet tent into the back of the car without attempting to fold it up! We had to arrive at the ferry terminal at 1:15am, but couldn't board until just before our 3:15am departure. We were pleasantly surprised to find a very comfy cabin with bunk beds and our own bathroom and shower. After drying off and sleeping for a few hours, we were rejuvenated and ready to see some of the beautiful Inside Passage (the protected coastline along Southeastern Alaska). During our 24-hour ferry ride, the sun finally came out. The scenery was gorgeous with snow-capped mountains behind blue water and green forested hills. We saw both humpback and killer whales (but we couldn't get good photos of either one), and several eagles feasting on salmon.